About the Author

John DownsJohn W. Downs was born in Shreveport, Louisiana in the Charity Hospital, on February 6, 1942.  He was raised by caring, loving parents in Castor, Louisiana near Shreveport, attended public school there, and in Shreveport, graduating from Fair Park High School in 1960.  He attended Centenary College’s Evening Division and earned enough credits to equal two years of college.  During that time, beginning in June of 1960, he worked as an aircraft propeller repairman for Southern Aviation Corp., in Shreveport, until 1973.  From that time, until 2007, he started and owned propeller shops in Memphis,  New Orleans, Dallas and Lancaster, Tx.

During this period, he did the most comprehensive propeller comparative performance testing at the Raspet Flight Research Laboratory that had ever been done on general aviation propellers.  He, also, received ten Supplemental Type Certificates for adopting special propellers to working airplanes, such as crop sprayers and sea planes.  Mr. Downs has held an Aircraft & Powerplant License, served as an FAA Designated Airworthiness Representative and held a private pilot’s license.  He currently resides in Mountain View, Arkansas with his wife, Loice Faye Downs.

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